Azelaic Acid 101

The Refresh Mint

Azelaic acid, a lesser-known, yet potent skincare ingredient, has been making waves in skincare due to its multifaceted benefits and gentle nature.

Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring dicarboxylic acid primarily found in grains like barley, wheat, and rye. In skincare formulations, it’s often derived from grains or synthesized in labs. Renowned for its versatility, this acid serves as an effective exfoliant, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory agent.

Its exfoliating properties work to gently unclog pores, reducing the buildup of dead skin cells and preventing acne. Moreover, azelaic acid’s anti-inflammatory attributes make it a go-to for calming redness and soothing irritated skin.

Apart from its acne-fighting prowess, azelaic acid is celebrated for its efficacy in addressing various skin concerns. It aids in fading post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, evening out skin tone, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making it a versatile asset in skincare routines.

The Maya Chia Refresh Mint Exfoliating Moisture Mask harnesses the potential of azelaic acid as a key ingredient. This innovative formulation pairs azelaic acid with 3 other different types of acids – salicylic acid (from wintergreen extract), hyaluronic acid, and lactic acids – to create a potent, yet gentle, mask that revitalizes and renews the skin. By incorporating azelaic acid, the Refresh Mint Mask contributes to a clearer, smoother, and more radiant complexion.

Azelaic acid has emerged as a valuable addition to skincare routines due to its many  benefits, as evidenced by the Maya Chia Refresh Mint Exfoliating Moisture.



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